Government

December 11, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Trained bow hunters participating in a county program are anticipated to fire arrows from raised tree stands in Brightwood Park and the Conservation Center next month in an effort to reduce the town’s burgeoning deer population. The Town Council on Tuesday approved deer hunts in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board on Tuesday approved the course “Power, Privilege, and Imbalance in American Society” to be offered to high school juniors and seniors in the 2020-21 academic year. The course description states that the curriculum helps students “understand the barriers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police brass here have something to be thankful for: pay raises approved by the local government. The Town Council approved the municipality’s contract with the Westfield PBA Local 90A Superior Officers Association Nov. 26 and is anticipated to finalize the accompanying salary ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is looking for a bunch of good volunteers. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that the town has opened applications for people wishing to volunteer on Westfield's boards and commissions. “Our annual call for volunteers is now open for 2020 boards, commissions and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The public will have the opportunity to speak next month on a proposed final draft of a state required update to the town’s guide for development. The report’s release represents the final stage of a nearly yearlong process in which the town and its consultant, H2M Architects + ...

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Updated 11:39 a.m. Nov. 27 WESTFIELD, NJ — When local public works employees rescued a fawn stuck in a storm drain in May, deer became a celebrated cause here. On Tuesday, the public viewed deer in a different light as the Town Council delayed a plan for participating in a Union County hunt ...

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The plan for bow hunting goes to the council for approval Tuesday night. WESTFIELD, NJ — One day before the Town Council’s anticipated approval of participation in a deer hunt, town officials issued a Q&A on the decision to participate in the bow hunt spearheaded by Union County. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A surplus of deer in Brightwood Park and the wooded area of the town’s Conservation Center have been gobbling up the forest understory, damaging ornamental vegetation and creating a general safety hazard, town officials said. The Town Council is set to authorize Union County bow ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s public schools will be closed for next year’s general election, the school board announced during its meeting Tuesday night. “We were able to move a professional development day and parent-teacher conferences so that all schools will be closed for the general election ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — After months of review, PSE&G has determined that it would be impractical to locate its 69kV project along the Conrail tracks through Scotch Plains, Westfield, Clark and Cranford. Representatives of PSE&G met with state, local and county elected officials on Friday morning ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A long awaited decision on a public utility’s plan to place more powerful electric lines on top of taller power poles is anticipated within the next several weeks as PSE&G works on a route that could entirely avoid the town’s streets. PSE&G spokesman Mike Jennings said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Democratic candidates for the Town Council secured seats in three out of four wards, unofficial results showed on election night. Democratic newcomers Jim Boyes and Mark Parmelee took seats in the First and Second wards, while Republican incumbent Mark LoGrippo retained his Third ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With a rising number of vaping-related illnesses and one death confirmed in New Jersey, town officials are anticipated to approve a new set of rules for the sale of electronic smoking devices. The town’s Board of Health on Monday introduced the regulations seeking to prevent the ...

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Click the candidates' names to view their full profiles. See below for the latest candidate statements and letters to the editor. Voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5. Stay tuned for full coverage from TAPinto Westfield. Who is running for Westfield Town Council? * Denotes ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven town police officers will be among those recognized by the New Jersey State PBA later this month. Officers Jeffrey Johnson, Michael Pollock, Joseph Habeiche, Elizabeth Savnik and Tiffany Kenny, along with Detectives Nicholas Bruno and Jason Merritt, will be presented with ...

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Updated Nov. 2 at 1:25 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — The first public skate of the season at the Westfield Rink has been postponed until Sunday, the rink’s operators announced Saturday. “Folks, we are still working to make the ice perfect for you so the first skate of the season will be postponed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several members of the public called on school officials to take a stronger stance against hate speech following the discovery last week of swastikas drawn at Westfield High School. Resident Kerri Oligino was among the parents to question the school board this week, after the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The district’s head lice management policy is facing criticism following a recent case at Lincoln Early Childhood Center. Westfield resident Alison Simone, whose child attends Lincoln School, spoke out against the district’s handling of the infestation during the school board ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Developers wishing to build in most parts of this town will have to provide electric vehicle charging stations under new rules approved by the Town Council. The rules come into play whenever a new development would require that the parking spaces be included as part of an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Chicken fat, discarded banana peels, moldy cheese and other food items that previously would have been tossed in the garbage may now be more easily recycled. Beginning Friday, residents will be able to drop off food waste at the Westfield Conservation Center and be assured that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The official Twitter account for the government entity managing the town’s special improvement district was commandeered for a time on Friday, the director of Downtown Westfield Corporation said. Interim Executive Director Kathleen Miller Prunty in a statement Saturday said that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Filling vacancies in the downtown, upgrading aging recreational fields and taxes were key among the topics the candidates discussed at the forum attended by over 200 people Monday. The one topic all the candidates appeared to agree on was the importance of the now-closed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A neighboring high school has raised over $1,000 in honor of the late Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson. On Tuesday night, the Westfield school board accepted the gift from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. The board accepted a gift of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Following a contest for the best design, town officials have unveiled a logo honoring the municipality’s 300th anniversary. Mayor Shelley Brindle on Tuesday announced the contest winner and said shops, youth athletics teams along with the Downtown Westfield Corporation would be ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jamie Chavez has something to celebrate. The owner of a popular restaurant in the downtown has gotten governmental approval to convert the basement of his establishment into a party room. Last week, the Planning Board granted an exception to a local requirement for parking ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Direct midday train service into New York City will return to the Raritan Valley Line next month, officials said Monday. Initially brought to the Raritan Valley Line in 2014, NJ Transit temporarily suspended the service in September 2018 amid a shortage of trains and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A national group is calling on the town to raise the Italian flag for Columbus Day, in the way it raised the Pride Flag earlier this year. Columbus Day is Monday. The Italian American One Voice Coalition, which works to fight stereotyping of Italian Americans, is objecting to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — During her 12 years with the Downtown Westfield Corporation, she penned thousands of social media posts benefiting local enterprises, but on Friday it was her own business plans that she announced. Jamie Lemberg, the head of social media and digital marketing for the DWC ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The list of local businesses adopting environmentally sustainable practices under the town’s Green Medallion program is growing. Business owners participating in the program organized by the Westfield Green Team have earned praise for taking a variety of measures toward more ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Board of Health is discussing stricter regulations for vaping following the first New Jersey death associated with a national outbreak of illness linked to electronic smoking devices. The state Health Department announced last week the death of a North Jersey woman at ...

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